14 Feb 2018
Save money by turning off devices and lights.

How Flipping a Switch Can Save You Money

It’s possible to gain a greater edge over your finances just by flipping a few switches in your home. A moment of mindfulness can help you keep more money in your pocket, protect the environment, and create a more sustainable world. At CMC Electric, we care about both the functionality of your electrical system and the future of our planet. Every act you take to save yourself on utility costs also means that our world benefits from lower energy expenditures.

Model Responsibility

Using energy responsibly is becoming increasingly important in a world where resources are growing become strained. Since we’re still working on cultivating sustainable energy sources, let’s do our best with what we have. As you take responsibility and use only the energy you need, others in your family, especially children, will learn to continue this habit as they grow up.

Turn off Devices That Waste Power

Did you know that it actually costs money to leave some electrical devices plugged in? Keeping common appliances or devices on a power strip can make it easy to turn off multiple unused electric items at once. Though unplugged lights aren’t too much of a threat, bigger ticket items like the following devices can slowly siphon energy while they’re plugged in, even when they’re turned off.

  • Computers can use more than 50 Watts when plugged in and kept on.
  • TVs with instant power-on features can use up to 50 Watts when plugged in but turned “off.”
  • Cell phone chargers left in a fully charged phone.
  • Your router. Turning off the WiFi at night helps save energy.
  • Your Blu-Ray player or consoles if they’re still “on,” but you’re not using them.
  • Any AC/DC converter that isn’t Energy Star certified.
  • Any smart home device with an LED screen.
  • A coffee maker that is set to “keep warm.”
  • Printers kept “on” though they’re not in use.

Basically, if the item is still doing “work” when plugged in and not in use, you should turn them off and unplug when they’re not in use. It’s easier to have a series of devices attached to a power strip and flip the switch to “off” when you leave the house or go to bed.

Turn off the Lights

Depending on the type of light bulb you have, the savings can be minimal or significant, but you’ll still be saving some energy. Incandescent and halogen bulbs are the least efficient and save you the most when you turn them off. Outdoor halogen lights should be turned off when the sun rises. If you have a challenge in remembering to turn off everything before you leave for work or go to bed, you can invest in time switches or home automation to schedule when they go off and on.

Get an Electrical Inspection

Some high electric bills may not be just stemming from keeping things on. You may be suffering from a faulty electrical system. It’s always wise to get a home inspection to make sure all your outlets and wiring are in good shape. CMC electric has been in business since 2005, earning a reputation for trust and quality, one customer at a time. If you need an electrician, Raleigh residents have been counting on for over a decade, call us today at 919.246.4798 or request our services online.

01 Feb 2018
Keep more of your money by turning off appliances when not in use.

Electrical Safety Inspection: Does Your House Pass?

Though many advancements have been made in making appliances and energy sources safe, there are still unfortunate incidents like electrical house fires. Though electrical fires can happen from not following basic safety rules, faulty wiring and worn out systems can also cause these tragedies. The best way to keep your home safe from these situations is to get an electrical inspection. CMC Electric has a qualified team of experts who can inspect every inch of your home’s electrical system to make sure everything is safe. It’s the only 100% sure way to know if your home gets the “all clear” for electrical safety.

When Do You Get an Inspection?

Anytime’s a good time to check your home’s electrical system, but It’s especially wise to get an inspection in these instances:

  • Before you move into a new home
  • If you experience power outages
  • If your fuses regularly become blown
  • If your breakers regularly trip
  • You’re tired of replacing blown-out light bulbs
  • If you did any DIY work or hired a non-licensed person to do some electrical work in your home. It’s best to check the outcome of the situation to prevent any dangerous problems.
  • If you have an older home but just bought new appliances, check to see if your system can handle them.
  • Periodically check your home, regardless of any incident, especially if your home is more than 25 years old. Older Homes are more at risk of electrical complications.

How often is periodically? It all depends on the state of your home. A newer home will do well with a rigorous initial inspection and inspections every few years. When your new home reaches 10 years of age it’s recommended that you get an annual electrical inspection. An older home that’s at risk of some electrical issues should be examined annually to make sure everything is working properly. This is even more critical if an inspection reveals that some parts of your system may be on their last legs.

What Happens During an Inspection?

When we come to inspect your home, we’ll take a look at everything from your wiring to your fuse box to your circuit breaker panel. Our professionals will be on the lookout for common problems that either pose safety risks or make your electric system less efficient. Here are some of the many components we scrutinize:

  • The wiring to make sure it’s working well and properly terminated
  • The overall energy-efficiency of the home
  • Check to see if your circuits are overloaded
  • Check your electrical panels for signs of deterioration
  • Troubleshoot current problems and suggest measures to prevent electrical problems that can lead to house fires
  • GFCI protection in the proper areas as defined by the NEC (National Electric Code)
  • Arc fault protection – per code
  • Proper grounding of your electrical service and circuits
  • Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors – per code

When you get a comprehensive home inspection from CMC Electric, you can expect our professionals to be on the lookout for absolutely anything that poses a threat to your safety or finances. After your inspection, be sure to adhere to all safety guidelines to keep your system running well.

Does Your House Pass?

Your home is an investment that you should protect with some simple preventative measures. There’s only one way to find out if your house gets the “all clear,” and that’s by getting a professional electrical inspection. It just takes a short time to get peace of mind and expert advice on how to keep you and your family safe from potentially dangerous electrical issues. Get an electrician Raleigh residents can count on since 2005 from CMC Electric over your to your property today.

07 Jan 2018

Essential Electrical Safety Tips for Winter

Winter can be a hazardous time for homes. This is especially true when it comes to electrical systems. You might think that heating appliances are the sole electrical hazard during winters, but that’s only one part of the story. The potential for danger is everywhere, and can be anything from a vacant house to downed wires from a storm. The problem could even be faulty Christmas lights!

The weather isn’t in your mitten-covered hands, but electrical safety during the winter months is. Here are some common sense electrical precautions to help keep your house and family safe.

Check the Condition of the Wiring

It’s always a good idea to periodically check how your wiring looks. Circuit breakers, sockets, and switches are well-worn. Any problem in the electrical panels could hamper the flow of electricity and cause a short circuit. Get them checked by a qualified electrician and take their advice to repair or replace them if they are outdated. You get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, and you need this same type of preventive maintenance for your electrical system.

Don’t Overload Existing Electrical Outlets

Power use increases during winters because of heating needs. However, that doesn’t mean to take things into your own hands. Only install extra electrical outlets using registered electricians. That way your existing sockets aren’t overburdened with multi-adaptor plugs or power strips. Also, central air units need to be check before sending 240V through the heat strips.

Unplug Non-Essentials When You Go For a Vacation

You might feel like going out of the door as fast as you can. But take a minute to pause and prepare a checklist of non-essential appliances you need to switch off and unplug. Maybe, the refrigerator and the burglar alarm can stay connected. This will not only save electricity but also give you  peace of mind.

Shield Your Appliances with Surge Protection

Power surges can quickly ruin the electronic devices in your home. They can be caused by thunderstorms, snow, ice, and more. Power lines toppled by trees and falling limbs can also send a surge across a neighborhood that’s enough to damage any electronics. A proactive surge protection solution will protect your appliances and save you from an electrical mishap. Surge protection will also give you a huge added benefit of replacement cost coverage.

Have a Plan

Despite your best preparations, things can still go wrong. Prepare a disaster plan that can kick in when there’s an emergency. Get a home protection plan that meets your electrical needs or schedule. The service you choose should also be available 24 x 7.

If you are interested in an extra layer of electrical safety for the winter season, request information and service with a simple online form.

27 Dec 2017

5 Tips to Find the Right Electrician

Are you in need of help with electrical repairs, a remodeling project, or upgrading your home with the latest technology? Knowing how to find the right electrician can be tricky. These five tips can help you find a trustworthy electrician that will get the job done right.

1. Check to be certain that they’re licensed, bonded, and insured

This is a key consideration when choosing an electrician.Home repairmen don’t have the proper certifications, licenses, and other qualifications necessary to ensure the job will be done right. And, if the company isn’t bonded and insured, you can be held liable for any accidents that may occur while they’re on the job. You don’t want just anyone playing around with your electrical system because fires start can start quickly.

2. Pay attention to reviews and recommendations

Personal recommendations from family, neighbors, or other acquaintances hold a lot of weight. You can see for yourself the job that was completed, and get honest feedback from someone you trust. Online review sites can also help you determine the type of work you can expect from the company.

3. Look for satisfaction guarantees and/or labor warranties on work performed

One of the easiest ways to find out whether a specific electrician is the right one for you to work with is to ask whether they back their work with satisfaction guarantees and/or labor warranties. These give you peace of mind that, even if the job isn’t completed to your standards or if something unexpectedly goes wrong, you’ll receive top-notch service until it’s fixed at no extra cost to you. CMC Electric guarantees all of their work for a lifetime period.

4. Make sure the company can perform any specialized labor you require

While electricians aren’t necessarily hard to find, knowing how to find the right electrician for your unique job can be another task altogether. Not all electricians have the skills or certifications necessary to tackle specialty projects. If your project requires complex electrical repairs, ask the contractor whether they have the specific skills needed to complete the task. A good example of this is not hiring a seasoned commercial electrician for your home electrical repairs.

5. Need a quick repair? Find a company that will schedule same- or next-day appointments

Electrical companies that have multiple locations and a larger workforce can usually accommodate same- or next-day appointments. This is a huge advantage to you, as a homeowner, if you have an emergency repair. A company that is willing to work with your schedule is a company that cares.

With these five tips in mind, knowing how to find the right electrician isn’t hard at all. Talk to the experts at CMC Electric today to speak to one of our friendly electricians in your area about your next job.

20 Dec 2017

Top 10 Everyday Electrical Issues

Electricity is an essential part of our everyday lives. That’s all the more reason that it’s so annoying when we experience issues. We’ve all been there, whether it’s a flickering light, a tripped breaker or a blown fuse. Here are ten of the most common electrical problems, so that you can diagnose them and act accordingly.

Circuit Breaker Trips Often

Ever run your clothes dryer or hair dryer only to shut off power to one part of the house? That’s where circuit breakers come in. When too many items demand electrical power on a circuit and overload it, a circuit breaker will shut off the power. This keeps the circuit from overheating and protects your home. When this happens, you need to unplug what you are using, check the breaker and flip it back to the “on” position while slowly and gradually re-applying your usage.

Electrical Shock

An electrical shock is usually the result of a faulty appliance or wiring issues with the circuit. You can switch out the appliance to see if that fixes the issue. If not, it’s best to check with an electrician. More than likely you have a fault in your grounding system which could be very hazardous.

Flickering Light

A light that flickers may be loosely connected. Try screwing it in until it is secure. It could also be that the light simply needs replacing. Check with a few different bulbs, but always make sure the light switch is turned off before replacing it. Another possible issue is that the switch has become faulty and the wiring terminations have become loose. If this is the case, a new switch will be required.

Flickering Lights When Wind Is Blowing

This is different from the above because all lights in your house are flickering. This is most likely a problem with the outside weatherhead, where power lines come into the house from the electric company. An unsecured weatherhead can reveal frayed wiring issues. When the wind blows and moves the weatherhead, it moves the frail wires. This is an issue where it’s usually best to trust the professionals. A reliable expert from CMC Electric can quickly diagnose, and safely fix, the issue. This is an issue that needs to be dealt with immediately as it can quickly leads to disastrous effects.

Not Enough Outlets

When wall outlets are lacking, 16 gauge extension cords can be used as a temporary fix. Extension cords smaller than 16 gauge can overheat, and become a fire hazard. It’s best to install additional outlets. The pros at CMC Electric are able to repair and install new outlets to keep your home safe, and convenient. An even better precaution is to use 14 gauge or 12 gauge extension cords. While they are more expensive, they will not heat up as fast or as much and could be the deciding factor in a major issue.

Outlet Doesn’t Hold a Plug

Plugging something into an outlet only to have it fall out is definitely annoying and a sign of a faulty outlet. In this case, the receptacle is worn and needs replacing.

Dead Outlet

This could just be a tripped breaker. If not, there’s probably a connection issue along the circuit. When in doubt, it’s often best to call an electrician to check it. Also check to make sure all GFCI receptacles are not in a the tripped position.

Light Bulbs Burn Out Frequently

This could be caused by a loose connection along the circuit or in the light socket. If the light is recessed, it could be overheating due to nearby insulation or a faulty thermostat that is built into recessed lighting.Although recessed lights should shut off, it’s best to have an electrician look into it. ANother common issue is the neutral conductor in your electrical system. If so, experience issues with  you system, it is best to get on the phone with your trusted hometown electrician, CMC Electric.

Ungrounded Receptacle

An ungrounded receptacle has two prongs. Grounded receptacles have two prongs plus a round hole. Modern homes have grounded receptacles, which discharge electricity safely in the case of lightning strikes or unexpected problems with an appliance.

No CFCI Receptacles

A ground-fault circuit-interrupter receptacle monitors the flow of electricity from an appliance to the receptacle. If there is an imbalance, the CFCI receptacle will shut off the power. For example, water splashes onto your hair dryer and causes a short circuit. The CFCI receptacle should detect this and shut off power before you get shocked or worse.

These are just some of the common electrical problems that you’re likely to experience. Once you know what the problem is, you’re on your way to being able to solve it. Speak to the friendly electricians at CMC Electric to solve your power issues today.

30 Sep 2017

Our Top Electrical Safety Tips for Your Kids

Do you want to find out the best ways to keep your kids safe from electrical harm? Kids run the most risk of getting hurt because of mismanaged electrical systems. Oftentimes the only reason they get hurt is from a lack of knowledge about the dangers of electricity. That’s why it’s so important to go over the risks it poses to them. At CMC Electric, be believe in safety before anything else. That’s why we put together this guide for making sure your kids are well informed about electrical dangers.

Power Outlets

Don’t Stick Fingers in Outlets

Never put your fingers or any other objects in power outlets or light bulb sockets. Doing so risks severe injury and even death in some cases. These ports are designed to power electronics, so when you touch them, they send that electricity into you. The only object that should go into a power outlet is a power cord, and the only thing that should go into a light bulb socket is a light bulb.

Don’t Put Too Heavy of a Load on a Single Outlet

Power outlets are only designed to handle up to a certain load amperage threshold. Be careful trying to power multiple high-power devices with one outlet, as it could cause overheating and shorting.

Power Cords

Don’t Yank on Power Cords

If you need to unplug something, be sure to pull out the plug by the head. Don’t yank on the power cable. If you do, you risk breaking the cord, bending the prongs, and damaging the outlet.

Keep Cords and Wires Away from Sources of Heat

If you leave wires near a heat source, it could result in the insulating layer over the wires to melt, leading to a short or fire.

Never Touch a Worn or Frayed Electrical Cable

A cable that has begun to come undone is a serious hazard. Touching exposed wire means risking getting shocked or worse from the exposed ends. If you see a frayed cable, let an adult know immediately.

Keep Cords away from Water

Water and electricity don’t mix. Make sure that when you’re dealing with power cables of all shapes and sizes, you keep them away from bodies of water, both large and small. Water anywhere near a cord poses a risk of shorting.

Water Dangers

Never Use Electronics If You’re Wet or near Water

If you’ve been in or near water recently, wait until you’ve dried off before handling any sort of electrical device or appliance. If water enters a device, it could cause it to short out, destroying it. Plus, if you’re in a pool or bathtub, you should never use electronics at the same time. Not only could water coming into contact with the electronics damage them, but it could cause bodily injury.

Keep Liquids Away from Electronics

In addition to keeping your electronics out of bodies of water, you should keep containers of water away from electronics and wiring. Electronics are especially vulnerable against water contact. If you spill liquid on your electrical devices, appliances, or wiring, it could lead to damage and shorting.

Keep Your Kids Safe with CMC Electric

Electrical safety is no joke. Take the time to learn what some common problem areas are in your home and see what you can do to improve them. Move your hair dryer away from the sink. Fix up that old, frayed cable behind the TV. Take the time to learn what electronics need to be treated with care to avoid injury or damage to the electronics. If you’re interested in improving your home electrical setup to make it safer, contact the experts at CMC Electric. We proudly provide dependable electrical services in Raleigh, Clayton, and Wilmington, NC that add an extra level of safety. If you’re interested, request service now to learn more.

28 Sep 2017

Prepare for any Power Outage with a Generac Generator Installation

Over the last few years, there’s been no shortage of powerful storms that have battered North Carolina. Unfortunately, you never know if the next storm is going to be the big one that knocks your power out, potentially leaving you without electricity for days on end. Instead of crossing your fingers and hoping for the best this hurricane season, take the proper steps to prepare ahead of time so you don’t have to worry. After your home has undergone a generator installation, your power will pop back on seconds after an outage, even while the rest of your neighborhood is in the dark.

Having a generator installed is easier and more affordable than you might think. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this video, where our owner Chris Conrad shows just how simple it is. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for a storm, but many times it’s a consideration that people don’t think of until it’s too late. Our client wanted to be prepared and chose a Generac 16 kW unit. A 16kW model like the one featured in the video will be able to power select circuits in the house in the event of an outage. For a smaller residence, a 16 kW generator would be capable of powering the entire home. With today’s technology and the improvements from companies like Generac, you can power an entire home with a much smaller unit.

Getting Started

The first step in the installation process was to set the generator on a GenPad. We leveled out the grade, set down the composite pad, and placed the generator on it. Next, we got to work on wiring the unit. As you can see in the video, we installed a transfer switch, conduit, and wiring, and interconnected the transfer switch to the home’s electrical service. In the event of a power outage, the transfer switch will sense the outage. After a few short seconds, the generator will start up and power will be restored in the house.

Power You Can Count On

People are frequently concerned about whether or not their generator will work when the time comes. Fortunately, Generac has a Mobile Link remote monitoring system that can be installed with the generator. It’s placed beside the generator’s motherboard, and if there are ever any issues that would prevent the generator from running properly, the Mobile Link will detect those issues and send an email to CMC Electric as well as to you, the homeowner. That way, we can come out and make sure everything is fixed right away before the generator is actually needed, so your generator is always ready.

Fast & Easy Installation

The entire generator installation process for a residential property is smooth and minimally invasive. From bringing the unit out to the site, setting it up, wiring the transfer switch and connecting the transfer switch to the generator, the setup and installation of your new generator will typically only take a day or two.

We know you care about your home, your family, and your valuables, and so does CMC Electric. We don’t want you to be left in the dark after the next big storm. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a generator, give us a call or fill out our convenient online form so we can help determine the best fit for you.

18 Sep 2017

The Dangers of DIY Electrical Work

While taking a DIY approach to many projects at home can save you money and give you a hands-on approach to fixing your problems, you shouldn’t try to take on everything by yourself. If you’re thinking about starting on a DIY electrical project, there are more risks involved than you’d run into in a traditional DIY project.

Because electricity is such a dangerous thing to play with, a DIY electrical project could go wrong in several different ways. If you don’t have a good working knowledge of electrical tools and terminology, then you could inadvertently cause a lot of damage without even thinking about it.

Lack of Knowledge and Skills

The main danger in trying to do your own electrical work is that some of the biggest problems you could run into aren’t apparent ones. For instance, if you install the wrong amperage of breaker on a circuit that doesn’t match up, it could lead to problems later on. Working with a professional electrician means having someone on your side who knows what small details to look out for to ensure lasting success.

Risk of Injury & Death

Because electricity is so volatile and dangerous, it’s critical to know exactly what you’re doing when you’re working with it. It’s all too easy to run into a situation where you can end up seriously hurt if you aren’t being careful. All it takes is forgetting to turn off power or interacting with the wrong cable carelessly. Risks of coming into contact with electricity include both electrocution and death. When you hire a professional electrician, they’re trained to follow a very specific set of guidelines to ensure their safety as well as the safety of your home.

Losing Power

Another risk of DIY electrical work is that of losing power. This can happen as a result of a variety of different situations. It might only be forgetting to combine a connection during your project or accidentally removing wiring from something else without knowing it. Professional electricians are trained to be mindful of their surroundings and make sure everything works when they’re done. That means that you don’t have to worry about your electrical system being messed up afterward.

Insurance Won’t Cover DIY Electrical Problems

If your work is not done to code by a certified electrician and you run into an electrical fire, your insurance won’t cover you. That doubles down the level of risk in DIY by a lot. When you get your electrical work done with a professional, if anything happens, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing you’re covered. Why worry about the threat of accident the whole time you work?

Choose CMC Electrical for Your Electrical Work

While taking on a project yourself can be tempting, it shouldn’t come at great risk of injury. When you choose CMC Electric for your next project, we’ll make sure it gets done right the first time, no matter what it is. Our team of experts are fast, dependable, and friendly. If you need service, don’t risk doing the hard work yourself. Request service now and see the CMC difference.

08 Sep 2017

What Are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)?

Ground fault circuit interrupters — or GFCIs — are best thought of as miniature circuit breakers. They take the place of traditional outlets and are made to shut off power in the event of current irregularities, such as moisture getting into an outlet or skin contact at the point of connection. They are designed so that if they detect an irregularity in current, they can ensure that no shorting or physical damage occurs.

How & Where We Recommend Installing GFCIs

Because water is so conductive to electricity, the number one place you should install a GFCI is in any high-moisture area. These include:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Crawlspaces
  • Outdoor Outlets
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Utility Rooms
  • Boathouses

You should also consider installing GFCIs in places where outlets receive more interaction. Places like workshops where people frequently plug things in are given an added benefit by having the safety of a GFCI available. Installing a GFCI is as easy as installing a standard power outlet. All the hardware the system needs to perform as specified is included in the body of the device. You just need to turn off the power, wire it in, secure it, and you’re good to go.

The Dangers of Not Having Working GFCIs

While traditional outlets do a great job of providing power to your devices, they don’t come with any added safety net. Adding GFCIs to your space keeps both your health and your electrical system safe against issues. For instance, if you have wet hands and touch a metal connector while it’s still halfway in your outlet, you could wind up getting seriously shocked. Because of the way GFCIs are designed, they can detect the difference in power levels instantly and shut off within milliseconds, keeping you safe. This same logic applies to water getting into outlets — a situation that would normally result in a short.

How to Test Your GFCIs

Every GFCI has two buttons on its face. One is for resetting it, and the other is for testing it. The test button is designed to simulate what would happen if the GFCI came into contact with bad voltage. If the GFCI is functioning properly, the connections will all cut off immediately. You can check with a voltage meter or a multimeter to make sure that the power is cut. If the power keeps flowing, it indicates that your GFCI isn’t working and needs to be replaced.

How to Install New GFCIs or Replace Old Ones

Installing a GFCI is as easy as installing a traditional power outlet. Just turn off the power, remove the old outlet, wire the GFCI, and screw it in. If you want to easily replace all of your outlets with safer GFCI options or have an area in mind that you’d like to update to be safer, consider using CMC Electric. We provide professional, friendly electrical service to Raleigh, Clayton, and Wilmington, NC. We can tackle all of your GFCI needs. If you’re interested, simply request service from us now to get started.

01 Sep 2017

What’s Causing My Circuit Breaker to Buzz?

Is your circuit breaker buzzing? Are you wondering what’s causing it to make noise? Electrical components are supposed to run silently most of the time. So when they start making noises, it can be a sign that something is wrong. The only hard part in figuring out the source of the problem is that unless you know what to look for, it can be hard to pin down. With this guide from CMC Electric, you’ll have a better idea of what might be wrong with your system and what you can do to ensure it’s safe.

Light Buzzing

If you’re hearing a slight hum coming from your circuit breaker, don’t worry. That’s completely normal. Because of vibrations created by electrical currents, a slight hum is to be expected from electrical equipment like a breaker box. If the hum coming from it is louder than a normal operating volume, that could be a sign of greater trouble.

If you’re only hearing a minor hum coming from your circuit breaker, in most cases it means that everything is fine. If you continue to suspect there’s a problem, the best option to pursue is contacting your electrician to that they can check it out.

Medium Volume Buzzing

If the noise coming from your circuit breaker is louder than a low hum, it indicates a bigger problem. If you hear a noise that sounds like sizzling and you notice any kind of sparking, it’s indicative of loose wiring. Loose wiring is incredibly dangerous and poses risks of electrocution and fire. This kind of problem should only be handled by a professional.

It’s very important to make sure you get this kind of problem addressed as quickly as possible. That way, you can avoid all the hazards that a loose wire presents to your home. Hiring a professional electrician can take out the guesswork of trying to pin down the location of the problem and get your electrical system back to normal quickly.

Loud, Continuous Buzzing

A loud buzz often occurs when a circuit breaker has stopped working as intended. The loud noise coming from your breaker panel more often than not indicates that you have a bad circuit breaker. A circuit breaker can go bad because of either an overload or a short circuit. Buzzing from bad circuit breakers is important because it indicate that even though the breaker should have tripped, it didn’t because it had gone bad. That means that even though there could be an overload or a short on a circuit, there’s nothing preventing it from causing damage to your wiring, which could result in permanent electrical damage.

Calling a professional electrician is your best bet if you think your breaker is no longer working. They have special tools and training to safely remove and replace your nonfunctional breaker without risking your safety.

Let the Experts at CMC Electric Take a Look

No matter what’s causing your circuit breaker panel to make noise, one thing’s for certain: having a professional make sure that there are no problems is never a bad idea. At CMC Electric, we’ve been ensuring that our customers in Raleigh, Clayton, and Wilmington, NC are protected against every sort of electrical problem for years. No matter if you only want to find out what’s causing your breaker box to hum or you need to take care of another electric problem, CMC Electric is your trusted partner. Request service now to get started.